But It’s Disney (+)

“Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.”
Walt Disney

But It’s Disney (+)

Here at the Profound Bartender, we sometimes talk about lifestyle. Today’s topic is subscriptions and, perhaps, if you read about my take on them then you might see your own differently.

I look at subscriptions as ticks who leech my banking account like a parasite. If I use my subscription heavily, then that tick is lean. If I have a seldom used subscription that I pay for once a month or once a year, then that tick is fat and gorged and gross. I think to myself, “Someone is taking advantage of me”.

I realize that my thinking can be seen as eccentric. I still pay for my heat, phone and cable bills with a check. They encourage me to make it auto-pay and “forget about it!”. But, I want to see if my heating bill jacks up because I’ve been lazy about turning off my heater when I leave the home, for example.

My World of Warcraft tick is skinny and whimpering. I get my fifteen dollars a month use out of that, you can betcha by golly. I’m being robbed on my phone and I know it but it is also an emergency device, so I try to keep it at a minimum.

Netflix offends me on a Profound Bartender level. Never have I seen any binge in a good light. The encouragement to buy two pints of Ben and Jerrys and binge on the television for hours is abhorrent and, while I am promised that I deserve it and have earned my indulgence, it is disgusting. A connoisseur doesn’t chug.

This leads up to the devil’s temptation: Disney Plus.

It looks pretty cheap. The commercials show people who claim to watch shows hundreds of times. They have a shifty and ever-evolving schedule of movies from their vault, so you can’t really buy one month and see all the stuff and then unsubscribe.

My tactic was to sit back and think of what I’d want to see. 60s Disney like The Monkey’s Uncle or Merlin Jones with Annette are two that I’d like to see and very rarely shown. I’ve seen the originals like Sleeping Beauty too many times. TCM has some of the Goofy cartoons from the 50s. And I’ve owned all versions of the Parent Trap. The channel shows like Hannah Montana have been seen and I have zero nostalgia.

Then, I looked up the offerings. No Monkey’s Uncle on the list. There is a very good list though. I’m tired of the Avengers and Star Wars, sorry it has been too much for too long. There simply isn’t enough stuff to keep me engaged. Sure, if I had a six-year-old in the house, it’d be different.

So, I won’t be subscribing to Disney Plus. It is one icky tick just waiting to feed on my bank account while I am mostly taking a nap or watching TCM.

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